Proverbs 4:20-22 says, "My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh." Verse 21 tells us to not let God's Word depart from our eyes. It makes a great difference on how we see things. If we see things through the Word of God and see them as God sees them it produces faith in our heart. If we let the devil steal the Word and cause us to see the situation from a carnal, sense ruled ruled way we will be defeated.
Hebrews 4:14 says, "Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession." For us to hold fast our confession and keep speaking our faith we must continue to keep our eyes on Jesus. When we are standing and believing God for something, it doesn't always manifest instantly. This is why we must set ourselves to stand in faith and keep our gaze fixed on Jesus and what He has promised us in His Word. As we keep our eyes on the promise, our faith will stay strong and we will receive that which the Lord has said.
The Look of Faith
I) The Redemptive Work of Jesus Provides Every Need Met
A) I John 3:8 - Jesus came to destroy and undo works of the devil.
B) Luke 4:18-21 - Jesus is the anointed one who brings full deliverance and redemption.
v.19 (AMP) - The day when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound.
v.21 - All of this is fulfilled in Jesus and available to us now.
C) John 3:13-17 - To receive our redemption we must look to Jesus.
v.14 - Jesus says we are to look to Him as they did at the serpent on a pole for Moses.
D) Numbers 21:4-9
vv.4-6 - People got impatient, became discouraged and began to murmur against God and Moses.
v.5 - Loathed - The people didn't appreciate what God was doing for them.
v.6 - When we turn from God we give the devil opportunity to bite us.
vv.7-9 - Two things to be delivered.
1) v.7 - Repent if you missed it.
2) v.8 - Put your total focus on the Lord. Look - Continuous present tense, a continuous stare
E) Four Keys to Looking and Receiving Deliverance
1) Look - To be occupied and influenced with what we are looking at.
a) Romans 4:18-21 - Abraham looked to God and not at his condition. We must look to and be influenced by Jesus and not the problem.
2) Look - to give attention to
a) Proverbs 4:20 - “...give attention to My Words.” What has your attention will control your direction.
3) Look - expectation - We look at something expecting to see what it does.
a) Hebrews 11:6 - We must come to God expecting.
4) Look - to consider
a) Hebrews 3:1 - Consider Jesus.
b) Romans 4:19-21 - Don't consider the problem. Consider God to be able to perform His Word in your life.